Google Home Hub vs Echo Show: Which Should You Buy?

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If you were on Twitter yesterday, you couldn't miss the buzz about the new Google Home Hub, which is Google's new be-all gadget that everyone can't stop talking about. You can use Play Music though.

At this stage, Google hasn't spoken about using other apps for voice calling, or video calling on their Smart Displays.

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The base and rear of the Hub is covered in fabric and you can choose from four colours: Sand, Aqua, Chalk and Charcoal.

After hosting an event this past week to announce new upgrades to its hardware lineup, Google is ready to talk more about software. The Nest Hello Doorbell is also going to work a bit better with smart displays now. Just like with smartphones, these devices are all an extension of the Android/Qualcomm partnership-they run Android Things on Qualcomm's SD624 Home Hub Platform.

A Home View dashboard allows users to see all connected devices and control lighting, temperature and whatever systems may be in the home. And photographers might appreciate that the device doubles as a smart picture frame and can cycle through your Google Photos albums as a screensaver. It's created to get a device up and running and show a single app, which on the smart displays is the Google Smart Display app. Qualcomm's "Home Hub" platform was purposely built to run Android Things and this Google Assistant software-the SD624 is for smart displays, while the less powerful SDA212 is for speakers.

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Google Home has been a great Smart Speaker since its launching in 2016.

For starters, screen calls will be arriving to Google's Pixel devices next month. There's also a physical mute switch at the back you can flip to prevent Home Hub from listening.

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Google is also touting "Ambient EQ" for its own Home Hub: The light sensor is tuned to adjust the display brightness better than on the Lenovo and JBL products. It also allows users to check on all compatible smart devices even when they're away from home, and the new multi-user support allows everyone under the same roof to control smart devices in the house via the Google Home app.

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